MHA Run For Life! Sept. 6
Register Online, Proceeds Support Suicide Survivors
What: Mental Health America of Greater Tarrant County is hosting its 4th Annual Run For Life! 5K to raise money for suicide survivors. About 1,500 runners and walkers are expected to participate. Mayor Betsy Price will kick off the race.
When: Saturday, Sept. 6; the Fun Run begins at 8 a.m. and the 5K starts at 8:30. a.m.
(Suicide Awareness Week begins Sept.8; World Suicide Awareness Day is Sept. 10)
Where: Trinity Park – Arts Pavilion, 2401 University Dr., Fort Worth
Why: Proceeds go to the LOSS (Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors) Team of Tarrant County. LOSS offers immediate support and resources to individuals and families in Tarrant County impacted by suicide. Each year an average of 200 people die by suicide in Tarrant County
- “My grief journey began in October 2012, when I arrived home from church to find numerous police officers in my driveway and on my porch. They told me that the love of my life and husband of 26 years was gone. Kenney had shot himself and was gone. My life and the lives of my entire family changed forever in that instant. The next morning the LOSS Team was at my home. They directed my brother to an agency to provide the cleaning that was required. They supplied books, brochures and pamphlets for us to review. Lezlie and a volunteer also came to my brother’s house shortly after Kenney’s death to talk to us in person and offer us resources for my grandson who was really struggling…They are always there when I need them and have made this journey easier,” said Carla Beard of Fort Worth.
- “We need to make the topic of suicide a public conversation. Having an open dialogue is the best prevention. It may save your life, your child's, or loved one's” said Elizabeth Anderson and Jessica Upchurch, Honorary Chairs of Run For Life!
How: Register for Run For Life! at http://runforlife.athlete360.com now through Sept. 3, or call 817-335-5405. Runners and walkers also can register at Luke’s Locker in Fort Worth on Sept. 4-5 and in person at Trinity Park at 7 a.m.
Media contact: Catherine Carlton, (817) 583-1879, Catherine.Carlton@mhmrtc.org.
The mission of Mental Health America of Greater Tarrant County is to enhance the mental health of the community and improve the lives of those impacted by mental illness. MHMR is proud to partner with MHA to provide peer-to-peer services and suicide support. MHA has been providing services since 1942. Learn more at www.mhatc.org.